Parent Education

The Parenting Education Department promotes the development of knowledge and skills for strong families through workshops and classes. Programs are offered at the Benton Center and other rural Benton Center locations to serve parents and other primary caregivers and professionals working with parents.

Parent/Child Classes

  • Live and Learn with Your Baby
    An active participation class for parents and their infants (birth to beginning walkers). Provides parents with opportunities to discuss parenting topics, meet other parents and to join in activities with their baby.
  • Sign with Your Baby
    Learn how to teach your infant (up to 16 months) to communicate with you via sign language.
  • Parents and Toddlers Together
    An active participation class for parents and their toddlers (walking to 2 1/2 years). An opportunity to discuss parenting topics, and to help plan and join in activities with your toddler.
  • Live and Learn with Two Year Old
    An active participation class for parents and their two year olds. In a lab setting parents participate in developmentally appropriate activities with their child and learn guidance and communication techniques that support their child's development.
  • Creative Development
    For parents and their 2 1/2  to 5 years olds focusing on creative activities (art, music and dramatic play). Parents focus on understanding and implementing a developmental approach to creative activities for young children.
  • Live and Learn with Your Preschooler - The Benton Center and Philomath Preschool Cooperatives
    Preschool cooperatives for parents and their 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Parents attend seminars and arrange to work in the preschool. Visit our Parent Preschool page for specifics about our programs.  Please call 917-4949 for information and availability

Parenting Classes (rotate among Benton County Sites)

Parenting Educator Trainings
The Parent Educator Connection listserv (PEC) provides up-to-date information on area trainings and professional resources. To be added to the list, contact Jerri Wolfe at 917-4891.

Current Offerings
Check the online Schedule of Classes for the current classes at the Benton Center. For Benton County classes held as part of the Rural Parenting Initiative visit .

For More Information:
Parenting Education Program Assistant
Linnea Everts 541-917-4949

Parent-Child Department Chair
Jerri Wolfe  541-917-4907

Parenting Education Program Coordinator
Aoife Magee 541-917-4909